Program Title: Electrical Techniques
Program Length: 3 Semesters (One year)
Program Availability: Full time or Part time
Offered: This program is available starting every Monday.
This program provides students with the theoretical knowledge to perform most basic electrical techniques. At the completion of the program, students are ready to apply for work as an Electrician’s helper or apprentice.
Students have a total of fifty-two (52) weeks to complete their program requirements, starting from the date of their first course.
Upon successful completion of the program the graduate will be able to:
- assist in the interpretation and preparation of electrical drawings including other related documents and graphics.
- analyze and solve simple technical problems related to basic electrical systems by applying mathematics and science principles.
- use and maintain test and instrumentation equipment.
- assemble basic electrical circuits and equipment to fulfill requirements and specifications under the supervision of a qualified person.
- assist in the installation and troubleshooting of basic electrical machines and associated control systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
- assist in testing and troubleshooting electrical and electronic circuits, equipment, and systems by using established procedures under the supervision of a qualified person.
- assist in the troubleshooting of control systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
- use computer skills and tools to solve basic electrical related problems.
- assist in conducting quality assurance procedures under the supervision of a qualified person.
- assist in the preparation and maintenance of records and documentation systems.
- install and assist in testing telecommunication systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
- apply health and safety standards and best practices to workplaces.
- perform tasks in accordance with relevant legislation, policies, procedures, standards, regulations, and ethical principles.
- apply basic electrical cabling requirements and install and test system grounding for a specified number of applications under the supervision of a qualified person.
- identify problems and troubleshoot electrical systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
- assist in the selection of electrical equipment, systems and components to fulfill the requirements and specifications under the supervision of a qualified person.
Graduates of this program are well prepared to enter directly into an apprenticeship, or other employment in the electrical field.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent; OR
- Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate; OR
- General Educational Development (GED); OR
- Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program).
Call the Admissions Office at 1 (800) 267-2577 for more details. Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.
Program intake – Apply to this program by visiting our Registration page. If you are entering into this program as a mature student please attach your resume when submitting your registration information online.
2016-2017 Academic Year
Orientation to the Electrical Trade
Introduction to Electrical Circuits
Introduction to the Canadian Electrical Code Device Boxes
Raceways and Fittings
Conductors and Cables
Basic Electrical Construction Drawings
Residential Electrical Services
Electrical Test Equipment
Motors: Theory and Application
Pull and Junction Boxes
Cable Tray Installation
Conductor Terminations and Splices
Grounding and Bonding
Circuit Breakers and Fuses
Control Systems and Fundamental Concepts
Load Calculations — Branch and Feeder Circuits
Conductor Selection and Calculations
Practical Applications of Lighting
Hazardous Location Awareness
Commercial Electrical Services
Voice, Data, and Video
Basic Electronic Theory
Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of information provided on our website. The College reserves the right to modify any course, program, curriculum, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time.
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Orientation to the Electrical Trade (2.5 Hours)
Provides an overview of the electrical trade and discusses the career paths available to electricians.
Electrical Safety (10 Hours)
Covers safety rules and regulations for electricians, including precautions for electrical hazards found on the job. Also covers the OHSA-mandated lockout/tagout procedure.
Introduction to Electrical Circuits (7.5 Hours)
Introduces electrical concepts used in Ohm’s law applied to DC series circuits. Covers atomic theory, electromotive force, resistance, and electric power equations.
Electrical Theory (7.5 Hours)
Introduces series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits. Covers resistive circuits, Kirchhoff’s voltage and current laws, and circuit analysis.
Introduction to the Canadian Electrical Code (7.5 Hours)
Provides a road map for using the CEC. Introduces the layout and the types of information found within the code book. Allows trainees to practice finding information using an easy-to-follow procedure.
Device Boxes (10 Hours)
Covers the hardware and systems used by an electrician to mount and support boxes, receptacles, and other electrical components. Also covers electrical code fill and pull requirements for device, pull, and junction boxes.
Hand Bending (10 Hours)
Introduces conduit bending and installation. Covers the techniques for using hand-operated and step conduit benders, as well as cutting, reaming, and threading conduit.
Raceways and Fittings (20 Hours)
Introduces the types and applications of raceways, wireways, and ducts. Stresses the appropriate electrical code requirements.
Conductors and Cables (10 Hours)
Focuses on the types and applications of conductors and covers proper wiring techniques. Stresses the appropriate CEC requirements.
Basic Electrical Construction Drawings (7.5 Hours)
Describes electrical prints, drawings, and symbols, and the types of information that can be found on schematics, one-lines, and wiring diagrams.
Residential Electrical Services (15 Hours)
Covers the electrical devices and wiring techniques common to residential construction and maintenance. Allows trainees to practice making service¿ calculations. Stresses the appropriate CEC requirements.
Electrical Test Equipment (5 Hours)
Covers proper selection, inspection, and¿ use of common electrical test equipment, including voltage testers, clamp-on ammeters, ohmmeters, multimeters, phase/motor rotation testers, and data recording equipment. Also covers safety precautions and meter category ratings.
Alternating Current (17.5 Hours)
Describes forces that are characteristic of alternating-current systems and the application of Ohm’s law to AC circuits.
Motors: Theory and Application (20 Hours)
Covers AC and DC motors, including the main components, circuits, and connections.
Electric Lighting (15 Hours)
Introduces principles of human vision and the characteristics of light. Focuses on the handling and installation of various types of lamps and lighting fixtures.
Conduit Bending (15 Hours)
Covers bends in conduit up to 6 inches. Focuses on mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical benders.
Pull and Junction Boxes (12.5 Hours)
Explains how to select and size pull boxes, junction boxes, and handholes.
Conductor Installations (10 Hours)
Covers the transportation, storage, and setup of cable reels; methods of rigging; and procedures for complete cable pulls in raceways and cable trays.
Cable Tray Installation (7.5 Hours)
Focuses on CEC installation requirements for cable tray, including cable installations.
Conductor Terminations and Splices (7.5 Hours)
Describes methods of terminating and splicing conductors, including preparing and taping conductors.
Grounding and Bonding (15 Hours)
Focuses on the purpose of grounding and bonding electrical systems. Thoroughly covers CEC requirements.
Circuit Breakers and Fuses (12.5 Hours)
Describes fuses and circuit breakers along with their practical applications. Also covers sizing.
Control Systems and Fundamental Concepts (12.5 Hours)
Gives basic descriptions of various types of contactors and relays along with their practical applications.
Load Calculations — Branch and Feeder Circuits (17.5 Hours)
Explains how to calculate branch circuit and feeder loads for residential and commercial applications.
Conductor Selection and Calculations (15 Hours)
Covers the factors involved in conductor selection, including insulation types, current-carrying capacity, temperature ratings, and voltage drop.
Practical Applications of Lighting (12.5 Hours)
Describes specific types of incandescent, fluorescent, and HID lamps, as well as ballasts. Also covers troubleshooting and various types of lighting controls.
Hazardous Location Awareness (15 Hours)
Presents the CEC requirements for equipment installed in hazardous locations.
Overcurrent Protection (25 Hours)
Explains how to size and select circuit breakers and fuses for various applications. Also covers short circuit calculations and troubleshooting.
Distribution Equipment (12.5 Hours)
Discusses switchboards and switchgear, including installation, grounding, and maintenance requirements. This module includes blueprints.
Transformers (12.5 Hours)
Discusses transformer types, construction, connections, protection, and grounding.
Commercial Electrical Services (10 Hours)
Covers the components, installation considerations, and CEC requirements for commercial services.
Motor Calculations (12.5 Hours)
Covers calculations required to size conductors and overcurrent protection for motor applications.
Voice, Data, and Video (10 Hours)
Covers installation, termination, and testing of voice, data, and video cabling systems.
Motor Controls (12.5 Hours)
Provides information on selecting, sizing, and installing motor controllers. Also covers control circuit pilot devices and basic relay logic.
Basic Electronic Theory (10 Hours)
Explains the function and operation of basic electronic devices, including semiconductors, diodes, rectifiers, and transistors.
Fees & Expenses
Tuition fees listed are in effect for the 2015-2016 academic year.
- Application Fee: $100.00
- Textbooks: $975.00
- Postal Fee: $49.00
- Tuition Fee: $3,825.00
Total Tuition & Fees: $4,949.00